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Grant Shapps launches crackdown on killer cyclists: Transport Secretary vows to create new ‘death by dangerous cycling’ law
- The Transport Secretary has said he wants to properly punish dangerous cyclists
- Grant Shapps has slammed a ‘selfish minority’ of aggressive UK road riders
- The measures will come to Parliament in the Transport Bill this autumn
- Read the full story on Mail+ here
Killer cyclists will be prosecuted in a similar way to motorists under a crackdown proposed today by Grant Shapps.
Writing for The Mail+, the Transport Secretary says he wants to close an ‘archaic’ legal loophole which means reckless cyclists who kill pedestrians can only be jailed for a maximum of two years.
He hits out at ‘a selfish minority’ of aggressive riders and says the overhaul is needed to ‘impress on cyclists the real harm they can cause when speed is combined with lack of care’. Under his proposal, a new law of causing death by dangerous cycling would be included in the Transport Bill, due before Parliament in the autumn.
Grieving relatives of victims of killer cyclists have ‘waited too long for this straightforward measure’, he writes.
Grant Shapps says he wants to close an ‘archaic’ legal loophole which means reckless cyclists who kill pedestrians can only be jailed for a maximum of two years
He hits out at ‘a selfish minority’ of aggressive riders and says the overhaul is needed to ‘impress on cyclists the real harm they can cause when speed is combined with lack of care’
Danny Kruger, 47, MP for Devizes in Wiltshire, has previously called on the government to act and criticised a four-year wait for new laws after a consultation on dangerous cycling.
Mr Kruger criticised the slow pace of the government on the issue, saying it was ‘not good enough.’
In Parliament, Mr Kruger asked Leader of the House of Commons Mark Spencer, 52, what the government was going to do about the issue.
Danny Kruger MP, 47, said the government action on dangerous cycling in the UK was ‘not good enough’
Mr Spencer promised the government planned to introduce offences for causing serious injury or death while cycling and harsher penalties.
Mr Kruger told the Commons about the death of one his constituents in a cycling-related accident six years ago.
He said action should have been taken much faster to prevent similar tragedies.
It comes amid concern over deaths and serious injuries caused by cycling.
In February 2016, Kim Briggs was killed by reckless cyclist Charlie Alliston after sufferring ‘catastrophic injuries’ when he hit her as she crossed OId Street in East London.
Mr Alliston was cleared of manslaughter and instead convicted of the Victorian ‘furious and wanton driving’ charge – he was jailed for 18 months.
In January, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said the government would introduce a law which would see death by dangerous cycling treated in the same way as motor offences.
Danny Kruger told the Commons: ‘In May 2016, my constituent Peter Walker’s wife Diana was killed in an accident with a cyclist in the high street in Pewsey. The following year, the Government announced a consultation on a new offence of causing death by dangerous cycling.
‘And the year after that, in 2018, my predecessor Claire Perry was assured by the Government that the response to that consultation would be issued shortly.’